Whale Chine Beach
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Whale Chine is one of a number of ravines cut into the sandstone cliffs along the Isle of Wight's southwest coast. The steep sides of the chine, which have been cut over the millennia by a small stream, reach 140 feet above the beach. These soft cliffs are home to some excellent fossils including dinosaur bones.
Access to the beach is somewhat of a challenge (if at all possible). Years back there was a series of 126 wooden steps down, but these were washed away by subsequent storms. The current arrangement involves some steps carved into the cliff and a rope.
Whale Chine is a popular spot with anglers. The clear sandy ground with intermittent rock features are home to a variety of species including mackerel and bass in the summer and pout in the winter.
As for whales, you probably won't see any; the beach's name is thought to come from the Wavell family who owned Atherfield Farm in the 16th century.
Type of beach
Sand & shingle
Dogs friendly beach?
We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)
OS grid ref.
SZ 4685 7824
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